Gorsuch is doing a bang-up job during his confirmation hearings, there’s no denying it.
Seriously, I can’t wait for this guy to take his place on the bench. Franken is tough and any nominee of Trump’s who comes up against him had best be prepared. Unlike DeVos, Gorsuch is both well-prepared for running the gauntlet and up to the job for which he’s interviewing.
The Democratic rage over Garland is understandable, but useless. Well, I guess I could just say that of their ever-present rage on every single nominee and issue. Was the GOP’s evil plan to refuse to consider any nominee of Obama’s during his last year in office diabolical? Yep.
Honestly, I’m amazed that McConnell pulled it off. It’s not the sort of resolve I’m accustomed to seeing from the GOP Senate. Even if you disagree with the Senate Republicans for sinking Garland’s nomination, you do have to respect the gutsiness of their gamble. Garland was probably as much a “meet you in the middle” nominee Obama could have offered up. Had Clinton won the election, she would have been completely justified in nominating a younger, less narcoleptic version of Justice Ginsburg.
I don’t think the Senate GOP’s gamble was wrong. The Supreme Court has become too powerful and too disrespectful of states’ rights. In the hands of a liberal majority, its activist bent would have been too much for those of us on the right to bear. It was this, I believe, more than any other factor that brought Trump victory in 2016.
It was definitely my primary reason for voting for Trump, as I’ve said before. There will be no compromise on nominations. We have this one chance to influence the makeup of the Court for a generation and we’re going to fucking milk it.
At this time, Democrats are going to have to accept that #Resistance is futile and that Garland is not going to magically be nominated on the grounds that his seat was “stolen”. They lost the Senate then they lost the White House. When you lose elections, you don’t get the things you want, guys. As someone who rooted for the losing side four and eight years ago, I can tell you all about this.
Further, Gorsuch will be nominated. There is no compelling reason for Democrats to take this fight to the mat, as terrified as Democratic Senators are of their base’s rage. All that’s going to happen once Gorsuch is confirmed is that the Court will have the same ideological divide it had before Scalia died.
Save it for the inevitable open liberal justice’s seat. It can’t be that far into the future, guys.
The way Garland was handled easily could have blown up in the GOP’s face. Hell, it still might. If the GOP loses the Senate in 2018 (unlikely), it would be fair play for Democrats to do the same in 2020 should one of the liberal justices die or retire. Turnabout’s fair play, y’all.
For now, I’m very happy with our nominee.